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Thread by @ThomasWictor: "(1) I wrote a thread on how Trump haters are spinning peace with North Korea as failure. (2) In the thread, I described how in the summer of […]"

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(1) I wrote a thread on how Trump haters are spinning peace with North Korea as failure.

(2) In the thread, I described how in the summer of 2015, I saw several Air France A380s fling the JANET route to Edwards Air Force Base.

My brother Tim took this photo.
(3) JANET "Airlines" is how the US Air Force transports civilian contractors to the Nevada Security Site and Area 51.
(4) In the 40+ years that I've visited or lived here, I've never seen civilian aircraft fly the JANET route.
(5) In the summer of 2015, there were at least four gigantic air assaults rehearsed.

Each rehearsal involved over 100 helicopters.
(6) The rehearsals took place at the following:

Apple Valley, California
La Vegas, Nevada
Killeen, Texas
Colorado Spring, Colorado

Four independent eyewitnesses confirmed the rehearsals to me. Two witnesses were active-duty military.
(7) The rehearsals took place in areas riddled with abandoned hard-rock mines that go down hundreds of feet.
(8) At the time, I thought the rehearsals were for assaults on Iran's underground nuclear facilities.

So I actually thought--for real--that the Iran deal was a set-up.

I thought that Obama was stringing along the Iranians.
(9) NOW, I believe that Obama didn't even know about the rehearsals.

I've been asked how that would be possible.

I forgot the answer, since I wrote about this three years ago.
(10) First of all we need to know that the US armed forces are divided into "unified combatants commands."

We have ten.

Six are geographical.
(11) Here are the remaining four unified combatant commands.

United States Cyber Command
United States Special Operations Command
United States Strategic Command
United States Transportation Command
(12) Now, Obama was a micromanager, BUT.

He was also terrified of being held accountable.
(13) So in 2009, Obama ordered unified combatant commanders to make decisions on their own authority.

theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
(14) Combatant commanders began to "do their own things."
(15) The United States is in "Northern Command," or "NORTHCOM."

In the summer of 2015, NORTHCOM'S commander was Admiral William Evans Gortney.
(16) Gortney is fighter pilot and has a master's degree in International Security Affairs.

GUESS WHAT ELSE?
(17) Gortney was Deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia at Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia.
(18) He was also Chief of the Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element (NALE) to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.
(19) Finally, he was Chief of Staff for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
(20) The admiral spent YEARS looking like this.
(21) Very...DESERT-ish of you, Admiral.
(22) Here's where Admiral Gortney works today.

drakenintl.com/profile/board-…
(23) Draken International.
(24) That's absolutely amazing.

So the admiral has gigantic balls of chrome steel.

He flew THIS, for God's sake. It's an ATTACK aircraft.
(25) So THAT is how gigantic air assaults were rehearsed in the US without Obama knowing it.

How did I find out about them?

First I saw all the Air France A380s headed to Edwards Air Force Base.
(26) Then a friend told me about being kept up all night by a night exercise that included over 100 helicopters, in the Ord Mountains.

The guy who took this photo couldn't explain it.
(27) So I asked around, and three other people told me about similar exercises.

You can't find any evidence of them, anywhere.

But I know they happened.
(28) Obama gave his combatant commanders very wide latitude, and one of them used it.

Good for you, Admiral.

We need more people like you...
(29) ADDENDUM: Both the US Marine witness and the US Army Apache mechanic witness told me that the troops rehearsing were not American.

And both men were told to mind their own business.

The Apache mechanic said he was very envious.
(30) The cannon and machine-gun fire from the gunships looked like a freeway at night...
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